Valorant is quickly becoming one of the premier esports titles in the world. With similarities to both Overwatch and the Counter-Strike series, it has attracted numerous pro gamers to form teams and enter tournaments. Many of these teams have gone on to be signed by well-known esports organizations (colloquially known as “orgs”) like Team Liquid, TSM, and more.
New unsponsored Valorant teams are breaking out each day, giving ample opportunities for high-level orgs looking to venture into the game. However, some teams embrace their independence and maintain their identity rather than seek out sponsorship. Let’s take a look at ten of the top org-less Valorant teams in the world.
Tournament Record: 47-20
Europe is without question the most competitive region for Valorant. With some of the world’s top esports organizations fielding teams for every tournament, it can be challenging for unsponsored squads to stand out. One example is Megastitut, recognized as the second-best team in France. Although they boast a phenomenal record and dominate their local competition, they have largely flown under the radar. This may be due to the team lacking a significant win over one of Europe’s premier teams. Unfortunately, this has led to Megastitut questioning its future as they look to play under sponsorship and are unlikely to continue under their current name. While the team aims to stay together, core member Alexis “Newzera” Humbert has already parted ways, so they will need a fifth member to compete again.
Tony “Goaster” Richard - France
Ryad “SHIN” Ensaad - France
Beyazit “beyAz” Korpe - France
Sammy “iDex” Van de Weghe - Belgium
#9) Teal Seam
Region/Country: North America/United States
Tournament Record: 45-18
Home to players from all three nations in the region, Teal Seam is the most well-known orgless Valorant team in North America. This could be blamed on their clever name and Pokemon mascot, but they have earned plenty of fans with their play as well. Their most impressive performance to date is when they slayed fabled American org Evil Geniuses en route to a Grand Final victory over YFP Gaming at Nerd Street Gamers Summer Championship July Qualifier. With a track record that rivals many of their sponsored peers, Teal Seam is arguably the hottest independent commodity in North American Valorant. The only question is: can an org match the Oshawott branding?
Players & Staff
Conner “GLYPH” Garcia - USA
Marco “Awkua” Li - USA
seven - Mexico
Cade “Cade3k” Warren - USA
Chris “LarryBanks” Doyi - Canada
Manager - Vapor
The Reject$ team "photo" shows the international scope of their team. Credit: Reject$.
Tournament Record: 21-7
Arguably the most well-known unsponsored team in Europe, Reject$’s team motto is “one team’s trash is our team’s treasure.” They field an international roster featuring players from several European countries. On top of it all, head coach John “Papasmurf” Yoo is Australian. No orgless team embraces their underdog status and uses it to their advantage quite like Reject$. With a growing stable of talent, the team has already earned wins over celebrated European orgs like BIG and WiLD MultiGaming.
Players & Staff
David “Fizzy” Figueiredo - Portugal
Alessio “musashi” Xhaferi - Germany
Felix “IyNxi” Bjorklund - Sweden
Eemi “Embo” Luomi - Finland
Karel “Twisten” Asenbrener - Czech Republic
Coach - John “Papasmurf” Yoo
On August 2, the team announced that Twisten would be taking a break from competing and that Swedish player, Vicious would be standing in instead.
The Reject$ team's sense of humor makes them well worth following on Twitter. Credit: Reject$.
Tournament Record: 32-16
Founded last July, Russia’s tyeasy is one of Valorant’s oldest teams and has spent most of their time without an org. Interestingly, they fielded two different squads in 2020, with core member Dmitry “steady” Prutkov being the only player present for both. True to his gamertag, steady has been the one consistent presence for tyeasy throughout their history. In February, he rejoined fellow original member Vladislav “Vlady” Trofimov as the team endured heavy player turnover. The roster was even briefly signed by SUPRMODE, an org based out of Spain. This partnership lasted just a month, and the team once again operates as tyeasy. The near future will tell if they aim for new sponsorship or continue operating without it, especially as they search for a fifth player.
Players & Staff
Dmitry “steady” Prutkov - Russia
Danila “yuudai” Ovchinnikov - Russia
Vladislav “Vlady” Trofimov - Russia
Alexander “mizuN” Katok - Belarus
Coach - Sergey “grey” Logvinets
Tournament Record: 41-30
Being an orgless team often comes with many trials and tribulations. Roster turnover and the team being inactive or discontinued is a constant struggle. Axsor are no strangers to these uphill climbs. Based out of Estonia, the team was founded by four of the current members last November and has been unsponsored throughout its existence. Axsor’s future looked grim when founding member Vladislav “Bgg” Boev left a month later, and the team disbanded. Mark “perelomslivki” Kunitski reformed the team in February with four new teammates, but they disbanded again after less than two weeks. However, Axsor’s core four finally came back together last May to reform the team for the third time. With newcomer Rikardo “WACKIE” Birjukov in the mix, the team has improved their results since their reunion and is finally displaying the consistent play that organizations look to sponsor.
Vladislav “Bgg” Boev - Russia
Ibragim “forgetw0w” Dalsaev - Russia
Mark “perelomslivki” Kunitski - Poland
Nikita “MerQ” Kisseljov - Estonia
Rikardo “WACKIE” Birjukov - Estonia
#5) Gydom Galva
Tournament Record: 8-2
With Valorant being such a new esport, it is common for teams and players to come from out of nowhere to become household names. Gydom Galva, an unsung team, based out of Lithuania, is the most recent team to put the whole community on notice unexpectedly. They burst onto the scene last weekend after taking 1st place at DreamHack Beyond: Europe. Although they suffered defeat at the hands of PACT in the upper semifinals, they fought through the Lower Bracket and defeated Reject$, Gambit Esports, and Team Finest before earning a runback with PACT in the Grand Final. Overcoming their only loss of the weekend, Gydom Galva defeated their Polish rivals to claim the trophy. If the team can build off this performance and show that they are consistent performers, it won’t take long for orgs across Europe to start calling.
MiniBoo - Lithuania
Aurimas “Dreamas” Zablockis - Lithuania
Ricardas “Boo” Lukasevicius - Lithuania
Vilius “krea6on” Malinauskas - Lithuania
Marius “l0udly” Zilinskas - Lithuania
#4) Looking For Org
Region/Country: North America/United States
Tournament Record: 48-20
The aptly named Looking for Org is the most touted free agent Valorant team in North America. Hailing from the United States, they were formerly sponsored by Noble, a well-known org with a presence in many different gaming communities. Current player Collin “Precision” O’Neill and coaches Andrew “aRubyz” Seewer and Austin “Apex” Copeland were signed by Noble last February as part of their re-entry to Valorant. Amidst heavy roster turnover, the core group of players and coaches helped Noble become a consistent threat in tournaments. In late June, the team signed four new players to round out the roster but, despite early success, the team and Noble agreed to part ways just 11 days later. While they aren’t competing during their search for a new org, they likely have a long list of suitors in the North American region. Aleko “LeviathanAG” Gabuniya is also not currently part of the active roster, as it is believed he will sign with another team.
Players & Staff
Collin “Precision” O’Neill - USA
Nathaniel “payen” Lopez - USA
Timothy “ZK” Ly - USA
Brandon “bdog” Sanders - USA
Head Coach - Andrew “aRubyz” Seewer
Coach - Austin “Apex” Copeland
Tournament Record: 9-2
Not much is known about Singapore’s UwU, an orgless team named after the text emote. They don’t even have a website, Youtube, or Twitter page. Maybe they just don’t know how good they are yet, because this team has recently made waves in the Asia-Pacific region. In just two events, they have already played in two Grand Finals against Singapore’s top team, Paper Rex. While they won their first meeting to send Paper Rex to the Lower Bracket, UwU failed to overcome the regional giants in the Grand Final of Valorant Champions Tour Malaysia & Singapore Stage 3: Challengers 1. Their fortunes were reversed in Challengers 2 when they were sent to the Lower Bracket by Paper Rex, only to meet them again in the Grand Final. UwU avenged themselves and defeated their esteemed rivals to win the tournament. It should be noted that the team’s only two losses are to Paper Rex, and they have split their total matches 2-2. Already having built up quite a resume, UwU could find themselves sponsored in the very near future.
Pooi “jarpiX” Shen Jie Justin - Singapore
FrostyZ - Malaysia
Ian “Chrysania” Chin Yu Zhe - Singapore
Darren “FirstLove” Mok - Singapore
Donovan “FANE” Chia - Singapore
Region: South Korea
Tournament Record: 23-9
Founded in October of 2020, F4Q has already solidified itself as one of the top Valorant esports teams in South Korea. In less than a year of existence, they have achieved levels of success that most unsponsored teams dream about. Along with numerous tournament wins, their most notable feat is ending VisionStrikers’ legendary 104-game winning streak. They have also developed a back-and-forth rivalry with Korean powerhouse DAMWON Gaming. F4Q has provided further evidence that an independent Valorant team can reach the same heights as one backed by an org. While they don’t currently appear to be looking for sponsorship, they are probably the most sought-after team in Asia by countless esports organizations.
Kim “Efina” Nak-yeon - South Korea
Jeong “Esperanza” Jin-choel - South Korea
Kim “zunba” Joon-hyuk - South Korea
Yoo “fiveK” Sung-min - South Korea
Chae “Bunny” Joon-hyuk - South Korea
#1) Gamelanders Blue
Region/Country: Latin America/Brazil
Tournament Record: 67-14
Brazilian juggernaut Gamelanders Blue is arguably the best Valorant team in Latin America and has shown their elite stature on the global scale. The team has numerous first-place trophies and rarely finishes outside the Top 4 of any event they enter. With their large social media following and slick team jerseys, they hardly resemble an “unsponsored” team. Having competed for over a year now, Gamelanders Blue essentially built themselves up so that they became the org. They even branched off with Gamelanders Purple, an all-female roster for Valorant. With over $50,000 in earnings, they reside in the Pantheon of Valorant greats and serve as an inspiration to all other “free agent” teams that sponsorship is not a requirement for success.
Players & Staff
Guilherme “Nyang” Coelho - Brazil
Fernando “fznnn” Cerqueira - Brazil
Walney “Jonn” Reis - Brazil
Leonardo “mwzera” Serrati - Brazil
Lucas “BELKY” Belchior - Brazil
Head Coach - Felipe “Katraka” Carvajal
Coach - Ian “shaW” Jardim
Assistant Coach - Gabriel “Waters” Gavino
Analyst - Tiago “Tigas” Taparo
Valorant is a young esport that is still growing. Star players break out every tournament, and there are many more biding their time online until they are given an opportunity to compete at the next level. New teams that will eventually play under an org’s branding are founded each day, and those like Gamelanders reach the stratospheres on their own. Nearly every pro Valorant team starts out unsponsored, so let these squads be proof that playing without an org does not mean you can’t compete with the best in the world. Keep grinding, never lose passion for what you enjoy, and always challenge yourself to improve.
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